Kitui County Climate Change Committee Visits Mikuyuni Earth Dam in Kitui West.

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By yoana kimwele tweet me @kim_yoanakim, email bonyoana@gmail.com

27th November 2018

A team from Swedish Embassy paid a courtesy call to the office of the Governor Charity Ngilu and was received by the Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau flanked by the CEC in the Ministry of Environment and Natural resources Hon. John Makau.

The Swedish delegation led by Ms Joan Sang and Mr. Gabriel Okumu was accompanied by members of adaptation Consortium, ADSE, ADA consortium, Kitui Caritas and Christian Aid.

The Kitui County Government is Partnering with Civil societies to mainstream climate change interventions so as to build kitui community to be climate change proof, adaptive as well as building the capacity to mitigate impacts of climate change.

The kitui county climate change steering and Technical committee, were also flagged to start their their work officially. Enviroment.

The delegation led by Environment Executive member hon John Makau later visited the Mikuyuni Earth Dam in kitui west constituency, where the team was received by area Mca hon Jane Mutua aka kavicky.

HISTORY OF MIKUYUNI EARTH DAM

Mikuyuni Earth Dam courtesy of ADS and county government of kitui

The project Was started way back by DANIDA In 1997,it got Silted up from 1997-2014

The dam was disilted by ADSE and county government of kitui together with other development partners at the cost of 5million

The project is being implemented through a partnership of the ADA project and the county government of Kitui.

ADS Eastern/ADA facilitated the WCCPC to undertake PVCA exercise in Kauwi Ward where drought was identified as the main hazard.

The project was selected to mitigate drought as identified during PVCA.
Mikuyuni Earth dam is located in kyeng’e village, Kitui West Sub –County, Kitui West Sub-County Kitui County. It lies along S01.2148, E37. 8108 and Altitude 1197M.

The dam was designed to benefit Kyeng’e, Katutu and Mutanda villages with a total population of 800 households spreads within the locality.

Water ultimately acquired through construction of these structures is mainly used for domestic and livestock use. Other benefits include tree nursery establishments.
WCCPCS have been trained on leadership skills, proposal development, book keeping, participatory approaches, climate change and monitoring and evaluation and climate change advocacy.

ADS Officials at the Governor’s board room hall at tanathi building.
Delegate led by kitui Deputy Governor Dr Wathe pose for a group photo

Sweden official plants a tree at mikuyuni Earth Dam

Mikuyuni Earth Dam in kitui west constituency courtesy of ADS and county government of kitui

Scope of the project.
Rehabilitation/ desilting of the earth dam basin.
Construction of draw off system and cattle trough.
Fencing of the dam.

Utilization of the facility
Water ultimately acquired through construction of these structures is mainly used for domestic and livestock use. Other benefits include tree nursery establishments and small scale irrigation schemes.
Conclusion
The project has helped the lives of the communities by providing cheap portable water and thus reducing the cost of living through minimizing distances to water sources, reduction of water borne and related diseases and also promoting small industrial development.

The CCCF mechanism has helped in proper coordination among different stakeholders, improved local participation and enhanced accountability.

End of the story .